On reflection the visit by Daniel, Tracy and young Jasper Brown was both delightful and reflective.Delightful, as Daniel, who is the Owner/Managing Director of DM Africa, a highly successful destination marketing company with its head office in Johannesburg, and his charming wife and wonderfully alert young son Jasper are simply just wonderfully vibrant and pleasant company. Peggy hosted us all at La Clé des Montagnes for a glass (or two) of local wine while Daniel did take time to inspect the property, as he does specialise in promoting Africa and the Indian Ocean to a very discerning clientele.
Reflective, as Daniel is the son of Alan Brown who I worked with in both Tanzania and Seychelles in a bygone era. Alan is (I nearly said was, but believe me still is – well – Daniel told me his Father had just got married for the fourth time!) one of the characters of the tourism industry with a formidable knowledge as a tourism marketer and he is still operational these days as the Marketing Manager for DM Africa.
Daniel and Alan are based at the World-Wide Sales Office in the UK, though I can tell from our meeting with Daniel and Tracy their heart is surely in Africa. Apart from the UK and Johannesburg, the company has offices in Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe supported by representation offices in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Italy, Russia and the USA.
Apart from my obvious connection to the Browns through my long-term friendship with Alan, Daniel and his team were also responsible for bringing a Chinese Golf educational to South Africa, consisting of Golf Course owners, managers and media. A truly memorable experience, which I think personifies the company statement that they are ‘Experts in Creative Management.’
Perfectly portrayed in this picture, with the by-line ‘If there is a purple elephant we will find it for you!’